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Social Emotional Learning

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Tulsa Public Schools is dedicated to helping students forge pathways to reaching their fullest potential. We believe creating high-quality learning experiences means educating the whole child, meeting their social, emotional, and academic needs during the day and after school. Now, possibly more than ever, social emotional learning is critical to the development and growth of skills necessary for success in school and life.


Social Emotional Learning At Home: Digital Resources


Social Emotional Learning Framework

5 core competencies of Social and Emotional Learning.


relate 918: tulsa's resource for social emotional learning

In 2016, Tulsa was selected as one of six cities to participate in the Wallace Foundation's newest research project, Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative (PSELI). Through this work, Tulsa Public Schools has partnered with The Opportunity Project, a city-wide out-of-school-time intermediary, to tackle the question "if urban schools and their afterschool partners work together to improve and align experiences and climate to foster children's social and emotional learning, will students benefit?"  In this work, five pilot (Phase-I) sites are provided with materials, professional development, and coaching supports to build and reinforce SEL practices and instruction during in-school and out-of-school time.

In the 2020-2021 school year, we will begin implementation of the project in five Phase-II schools, with research findings released in future years. 

Out-of-School Time Partners:
McClure: YMCA GO Club
Robertson: TPS Before & After Care
Eugene Field: YMCA GO Club
Council Oak: TPS Before & After Care
Walt Whitman: Youth At Heart
Salk: TPS Before & After Care
Patrick Henry: TPS Before & After Care
Bell: TPS Before & After Care
Unity Learning Academy: Tulsa Dream Center
John Hope Franklin: Tulsa Dream Center

Visit the links below to learn more:
The Wallace Foundation
Relate 918
The Opportunity Project
CASEL: The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning

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Contact Us

Stephanie Andrews
Executive Director of Student and Family Support Services

Jessica Hicks
Social Emotional Learning Coordinator
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Joy Curylo
Social Emotional Learning Coordinator
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What is social emotional learning?

Social emotional learning involves processes through which children and adults develop fundamental emotional and social competencies to:

  • Understand and manage emotions;
  • Set and achieve positive goals;
  • Feel and show empathy for others;
  • Establish and maintain positive relationships; and
  • Make responsible decisions.

Our vision

We envision our schools and communities as places that cultivate safe, joyous, caring and intentional learning environments for adults and students. The development of social skills enhances our ability to foster an inclusive environment. Social emotional skills should be cultivated and serve as continuous guiding principles and practice both within and beyond the classroom. Our vision is for students and adults to authentically belong in their schools through the supports and frameworks that social emotional learning brings.